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Shot by Fabian Delph went over the net.
The match has reached full-time.
Steven Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
A cross is delivered by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Booking for Jozy Altidore for unsporting behaviour.
Jack Colback goes into the referee's book.
Clearance by Antonio Luna.
Jack Colback challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Emanuele Giaccherini takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Jack Colback takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
Shot by Marc Albrighton went harmlessly over the bar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone parries the ball away.
Fabio Borini takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Jack Colback produces a cross.
Andreas Weimann fouled by Ondrej Celustka, the ref awards a free kick.
Adam Johnson on for Valentin Roberge.
Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.
Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Ondrej Celustka.
Christian Benteke has an effort at goal. Blocked by Phil Bardsley.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Modibo Diakite unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Shot by Steven Fletcher. Matthew Lowton gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton is brought on as a substitute for Ron Vlaar.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
Jozy Altidore comes on in place of Dong-Won Ji.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on Jack Colback.
Sung-Yeung Ki booked for time wasting.
Fabian Delph takes the free kick.
Modibo Diakite concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.
Fabio Borini takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Phil Bardsley crosses the ball.
Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.
Modibo Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.
Foul by Andreas Weimann on Dong-Won Ji, free kick awarded.
Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Antonio Luna.
Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Modibo Diakite gets a block in.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ondrej Celustka.
Leandro Bacuna takes a shot. A parry by Vito Mannone prevents the goal.
Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.
Phil Bardsley delivers the ball.
The referee gets the second half underway.
Clearance by Valentin Roberge.
Christian Benteke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Fabio Borini coming on for Lee Cattermole.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The ball is crossed by Ondrej Celustka.
The half-time whistle blows.
Shot by Dong-Won Ji. Blocked by Christian Benteke.
Jack Colback crosses the ball.
Free kick crossed by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Foul by Leandro Bacuna on Phil Bardsley, free kick awarded.
The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside.
Leandro Bacuna challenges Valentin Roberge unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.
Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Modibo Diakite.
Leandro Bacuna concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Westwood.
Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
The ball is crossed by Dong-Won Ji.
Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite by Andreas Weimann.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Clearance made by Nathan Baker.
Dong-Won Ji takes a shot. Fabian Delph gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Ondrej Celustka.
Corner taken by Emanuele Giaccherini from the left by-line.
Phil Bardsley decides to take the corner short.
Shot by Leandro Bacuna went wide right of the target.
Dong-Won Ji sends in a cross.
Jack Colback takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scores with their left foot. Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa.
Phil Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Jack Colback.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton.
The ball is sent over by Leandro Bacuna.
The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley.
The ball is sent over by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Steven Fletcher takes a weak shot and went wide left of the net.
Shot by Emanuele Giaccherini missed to the left of goal.
Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback.
The referee gets the game underway.
Poyet buoyed by Black Cats revival
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will welcome Aston Villa to Wearside with a smile on his face after four points over Christmas dramatically improved his mood.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan freely admits he is not the best person to be around when the Black Cats are losing games, and a shock victory at high-flying Everton on Boxing Day, following by a last-gasp draw at Cardiff 48 hours later proved the perfect tonic.
Poyet's men remain at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table, but are now only two points adrift of safety, and while that may only represent a start, it is a source of contentment.
Asked if it was currently easier to come to work, he said: "Yes. I am a normal person, yes. I am a bad loser, I have said many times, so when we lose, I am not a nice person to be around.
"But it's the opposite now. I try to be realistic as well, but sometimes football is so good for me, I like it so much that you get so much involved, you forget about the rest of life, family, health and everything in the world.
"But that lasts for a day or so. After that, we recover."
Sunderland's plight remains parlous - they took just 14 points from their first 19 league games and need to improve upon that significantly over the second half of the season if they are to retain their top-flight status.
However, 13 of those points have come from Poyet's 12 games at the helm, and while that ratio will have to increase substantially, a friendlier fixture list, which sees them lock horns with Villa, Fulham and Stoke in January, gives them an opportunity.
Poyet said: "A few weeks or a few months ago, people were looking at the table and thinking it was impossible, and now we are there, so we have to make sure we don't stop and don't get complacent because we have done nothing.
"Of course, we have done something important, but in reality it's nothing because it's all about what is coming next."
Poyet launched his reign with a demoralising 4-0 defeat at Swansea on October 19, and he could have been forgiven for contemplating a repeat on his return to South Wales on Saturday when his side trailed 2-0 to Cardiff.
However, a remarkable conclusion to the game saw substitutes Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback score to snatch a draw and confirm the manager's belief that his master plan is working.
He said: "What I am seeing is that, even if we are having a bad spell during the game, we are going to have the other side of the coin and we are going to have a good spell, and if in that spell we take advantage and we score, we are going to be in a position to win games."
Central defender Wes Brown will miss out once again as he completes his three-match ban, while partner John O'Shea remains a doubt with the shoulder injury which kept him out of both games over the festive period.
Striker Fabio Borini, who was taken to hospital suffering from the after-effects of a virus during the game at Cardiff, has undergone tests to confirm there is no lasting problem and is rated at 50-50, while midfielder Adam Johnson is battling to shake off his own bout of illness.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert does not believe his side's Premier League position gives cause for negativity.
The Villans point against Swansea, earned despite the visitors dominating for large periods at Villa Park, ended a run of four-straight defeats.
Villa have won just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures, but Lambert feels their league position of 13th is not bad when put into perspective.
He said: "The top five or six will always be that as there's too much money there because there is so much emphasis on the Champions League.
"The revenue is too much and the players have x amount of millions. We're not in that position at the moment, this is a building block of players that will make a right good go at it. You have to keep building this club.
"That project will take however long (owner) Randy Lerner gives me. That's the bottom line. It's not rocket science when you look at the number of managerial changes. Nothing is certain in football.
"But we're three points from 10th. That's not a bad place to be, there's so far to go in this league, anything can happen."
Sunderland remain bottom of the table after coming from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Cardiff, but the Black Cats have closed in on the teams above them in recent weeks.
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